After King Ahasuerus follows Haman's advice and issues an order to have all of the Jewish people killed, Mordecai sends a message urging Esther to risk her own death and to go unbidden before the king to speak on behalf of her people. Without mentioning God directly, he tells her that even if she keeps silence, help will rise from another quarter. He says, "Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this."
11All the kings servants and the people of the kings provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one lawall alike are to be put to death. Only if the king holds out the golden sceptre to someone, may that person live. I myself have not been called to come in to the king for thirty days. 12When they told Mordecai what Esther had said, 13Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, Do not think that in the kings palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your fathers family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.
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10 February 2011